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     I recently found out that I have a "sluggish thyroid". I was told to avoid Raw cruciferous vegetables, as they suppress thyroid function (also kale,cabbage, leafy greens,ect....should only be eaten cooked). My doctor literally rolled his eyes in disgust as I began to explain my eating habits over the last year. I came home and cried in frustration not knowing how to proceed or what direction to go.

As we well know in practicing a healthy raw food diet, our greens are a staple. I don't know what to do. I am frustrated with the doctor; frustrated with my body. Please somebody HELP ME!!! Or at least tell me where I can begin to learn about other options to greens.

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Comment by Lyn Scott on April 26, 2011 at 1:21am
Well I was gonna post but after reading all the other posts it seems everything got covered about greens lol...there are still ways to get your greens!!!!!!!!! just might to take a break from a few and try some new ones... spirulina, chlorella,romaine,spinach like the others mention maybe learn how to ferment cruciferous veggies - not sure if that changes them to be "ok"...but something to try - your body will definitely tell you if its ok...Great advice here at RFR!!and wonderful support !!
Comment by Vegan♥for♥Life on April 25, 2011 at 9:55pm

Hey Kimanbry! Check THIS out. What you need to do now is start to incorporate more sea greens into your diet. Do you like the taste of the ocean/sea? If yes, that's a big plus, if not, there ARE ways to "sneak" these into your daily diet. I DO take a kelp supplement, blue/green algae and chlorella daily too, to make sure I am getting my iodine. I also eat Raw cabbage be it in sauerkraut form or Raw in salads and I have a daily Green Smoothie. You SHOULD be frustrated with your doctor; but not your body. Thinking negative will produce negative.

By eating sea greens, you are providing iodine which will heal your thyroid.

e-mail me: veganforlifelucy@gmail if you need any more advice...you CAN do this.

Comment by Jean on April 25, 2011 at 7:17pm
Veganforlife has many postings on Thyroid issues. Check them out.
Comment by Linda Bedell on April 25, 2011 at 3:13pm
Over 30 yrs ago my Thyroid levels were so high that I was given I-131 radiation therapy.  The level I was given was more than was necessary and practically killed my Thyroid.  I have been on high levels of Synthroid since and requiring the same high level for 33 yrs.  I have been "mostly" high raw for several months and almost 100% for several weeks.  The cruciferous veggies(esp kale) and leafy greens are the maistay of my diet.  I can tell you that I haven't felt this good in many years.  I feel better now at 63 than I did at 43.  I have heard the same information regarding these veggies.  For me, they don't bother me and I just had my Thyroid work up done (only to be able to get my perscription refiled)and the doctor told me he needs to lower my dosage.  Yippie!!!  Confirms what I already knew...raw food rawks!!!!!  I'm not saying that you will have the same experience, but, I believe that when you give your body high quality fuel it does amazing things.
Comment by Kate Frances on April 25, 2011 at 11:35am

What do most doctors know about nutrition!? Zilch, that's what. Ignore the eye rolling. He probably has clogged arteries from a meat-rich diet ('high in iron') and cheese ('full of calcium'). He probably gets his vitamin c from a carton of pasteurised orange juice from concentrate. Ignore, ignore. Most of the doctors where I work eat Big macs, smoke and drink too much!

You carry on with this glorious plant based diet, do some research into thyroid balancing food and herbs, and you'll do just great!

Comment by Kimanbry on April 25, 2011 at 10:40am
I have gotten such great feedback from you guys! Wonderful ideas that I can incorporate and not feel like I have to miss out. Thank you all so much!
Comment by Deborah Grissam on April 25, 2011 at 10:33am

How about  sprouts?     Sunflower, buckwheat-  is lettuce,  romaine is pretty dark.  Sometimes when you have a healthy condition, you may have to cut way back on certain foods, but later after your condition gets better, you will most likely be able to add them back in  in moderation.  If you think of it that way, it won't seem so devastating.  


Comment by Emily on April 25, 2011 at 9:11am

As Penni said, you'll get a lot of great advice here. You'll find a solution!  I don't have an exact answer to your question, but I wanted to mention that seaweed was recommended to me as thyroid support and I have begun to incorporate it.  One easy way is kelp powder. I'll put a really small amount, like 1 tsp, into a smoothie. One with other strong flavors. I also found a good recipes for making seaweed crackers in the dehydrator. Good luck!

Comment by Penni on April 25, 2011 at 8:01am
We have a number of members who have thyroid issues, so you will likely get some really helpful feedback. You also may want to message VeganForLife, as I know she has been able to heal her thyroid with a raw food diet and she's no longer on her thyroid meds.  So don't lose heart - answers will come!
Comment by djd on April 25, 2011 at 7:55am
You might find some info about thyroid issues in the Wellness room here.

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